Oliver Peoples is proud to announce a special edition collection in celebration of our 25-year anniversary. One optical style (XXV-RX) and one sunglass (XXV-S) in an exclusive color assortment debut in stores worldwide in Fall 2012.
With the 25th anniversary approaching, Oliver Peoples Founder and Creative Director Larry Leight was reflecting on the company’s history and the evolution of the iconic designs that define the brand’s heritage. After hours of combing his personal archive of frames, catalogs and design notes, he came across something that had been long forgotten: a sketch dated 1989, just 2 years after the original Oliver Peoples collection debuted. He pulled the goldmine discovery and instantly knew the serendipitous find was perfect to represent 25 years in the making.
“I remember when I drew these,” says Leight. “I always loved them, but they just weren’t right for our collection at that time. We had something going with our aesthetic -it was a new and different intellectual category of eyewear, and people were really drawn to it. These frames just felt a little more modern then what we were doing back then. In celebration of the 25 year anniversary I wanted to dig back into our heritage. We recently re-released some of our renowned styles from the past, but for this I wanted something different. I wanted it to be new for our consumer but still remain true to our roots. My rediscovery of these designs encompass exactly that. They combine two iconic categories that Oliver Peoples is known for: The bold substantial acetate frames like Tycoon and Sheldrake, and the refined vintage inspired looks that the brand was founded on. I’m excited to finally see them in true form.”
The celebratory styles feature strong plastic frame fronts fused with intricately filigreed metal details. The hinge features a custom scroll engraved design and the temple is adorned with an arrow plaque used for the first time on an Oliver Peoples frame. The modified paddle temple offers an additional vintage-inspired element to these beautiful designs. Both the optical and sun versions will be offered in modern neutral and classic tortoises, along with a special grey option to represent silver, a traditional 25th year celebration color. The sunglass style will be available with VFX Polarized, Photochromic or Mineral Glass lenses. A custom case, inspired by those used in the first 1987 collection, is debossed with the original Oliver Peoples plaque and completes the anniversary package.
Both the RX and Sun versions of the XXV will be made available for purchase on the Oliver Peoples website and at select retailers worldwide in October.
As part of the celebration, the special edition celebratory XXV frame is also being made available as a one-of-a-kind luxx sunglass in two one-of-a-kind, custom-created colors. Each includes intricately filigreed 18 kwgp (18k white gold) details, including the hinges, end piece engraved with a custom scroll design, and the retro temple plaque. The unusual Tigers Eye pattern color is fit with Chocolate Gradient Mineral Glass lenses, while the Amethyst version includes Grey Gradient Quartz Photochromic glass. There is only 1 of each. Both are available on the Oliver Peoples website and retail for $1200.